Europe

European wind makes strides, but falls down global leaderboard

Wind energy is booming across Europe, but the continent risks being outshone by China as some EU countries fail to offer long term certainty to investors. Wind power now meets over 11 per cent of the Europe’s energy demand, accordin...

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Japan green lights new, soon to be stranded, coal assets

Japan has missed the memo about the dire economic and climate risks of fossil fuels, with its Ministry of the Environment taking a u-turn and preparing to ease its opposition to new coal power plants. In 2015 Environment Minister Ta...

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UK fracking fight heats up as Lancashire appeal begins

The debate around the UK’s fledgling fracking industry is once again raging today as planning inspectors begin to hear Cuadrilla’s appeal against the rejection of its plans for exploratory drilling in West Lancashire. The industry w...

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Fossil fuels in trouble amidst price glut

Amidst plummeting prices for oil and coal, companies betting on risky, out-dated fossil fuels are finding themselves losing the battle for survival against the clean energy future. As oil prices continue to drag, Shell reported an 8...

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Misuse of EU funds leaves Eastern countries hooked on fossil fuels

Europe’s clean energy transition is being hindered as billions of Euros destined for energy projects in Eastern and Central countries continue to prop up the region’s dirty infrastructure. EU leaders have repeatedly vowed to phase o...

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Copenhagen set to join unstoppable divestment movement

The city of Copenhagen is set to become the latest recruit to the unstoppable divestment movement, with its plan to sell off the coal, oil and gas assets of its 6.9 billion Krone (€1.29 bn) investment fund. The Danish capital will j...

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Zika: As temperatures rise, epidemics spread

As the world continues to reel from extreme weather events, and waking up to the dangerous realities of climate change, the terrifying underbelly of global warming is currently being highlighted by an outbreak of the Zika virus in S...

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Hottest year on record has human fingerprints all over it

The world’s recent run of record-breaking warm years would have been near impossible without man-made climate change. That’s the clear finding of a new study which showed that 13 of the 15 hottest year in the 150-year-long record ha...

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Another blow for coal as Vietnam signals retreat

In yet another blow for the global coal industry, Vietnam has signalled its retreat from this dirty energy source. In a statement, Prime Minister Nguyễn Tấn Dũng said his government would review plans for new coal power plants, sayi...

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Renewing the economy: clean energy key to growth

While investors and global leaders crunch numbers this week to stabilize the global economy, experts are offering hard-hitting numbers linking renewables to a prosperous future. Just a few days ahead of the World Economic Forum in D...

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Coal is a harmful rock in a hard place as fortunes fade

If 2015 was “the year that coal broke”, 2016 is already confirming it’s unfixable. China announced the closure of 1,000 coal mines, while 2015 US coal production was shown to be the lowest in 30 years, as yet another of the country’...

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Pressure on polluters set to grow in 2016, as year starts with storms

With 2016 already forecast to be the hottest year on record, extreme weather events, like those which have battered countries across the world this New Year look set to become the new normal. From floods in the UK to storms and unpr...

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Paris Agreement puts EU’s climate goals into question

The EU’s 2030 climate and energy goals are being questioned following the historic Paris Agreement adopted by nearly 200 countries last weekend. The EU was a key mover in Paris, uniting a ‘high ambition coalition’ of countries aroun...

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Historic climate agreement reflects real world change, protects vulnerable people

195 countries reached across traditional divides today to unite behind the greatest moral challenge of our time and seal the deal on a historic climate accord. The Paris Agreement is an inclusive, ambitious, science-based deal that ...

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Real work begins on final Paris deal as people unite behind ambition

Civil society groups united for a peaceful sit-in Thursday in UN negotiation halls, just hours after ministers unveiled a draft negotiation text for a Paris outcome. Mobilizers, who included trade unionists, youth, gender, and indig...

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Ministers receive climate torch for second leg of Paris summit

As ministers arrive for the second week of climate talks, all eyes will be on them to match the ambition and spirit of unity set out by their leaders last week. To do this, ministers will need to lock in measures that speed up the j...

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World’s health hinges on fossil free future, medics tell COP21

As the Paris climate summit reaches its halfway point, calls to action representing more than 1,700 health organizations and over 13 million doctors, nurses and other health professionals are urging governments to reach a strong agr...

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Smart money moves to renewables; all eyes on governments for next move

Momentum for climate action in the real world continues to lead the politics by a significant margin, with strong strides from top-tier financiers today again demonstrating to politicians that the smart money is absolutely on a rene...

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Paris summit is eye of storm as nations across the globe weather climate impacts

India may be thousands of miles from Paris, but the deadly monsoons raging there are a reminder to climate negotiators in the French capital that risk and resilience must stay high on the agenda. India – one of the world’s mos...

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Renewables rocket as fossils fizzle: COP21

As the Paris climate summit gets rolling, signs of the world’s unstoppable shift from fossil fuels to renewables are coming thicker and faster than ever. Following India’s newly launched solar alliance, yesterday, African nations co...

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